Issues in Corruption, Law and Governance (705M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In the first half of this module, you focus on a wide variety of different forms and modalities of corruption, examining specific examples across the developed and developing world, including:

  • systematic abuses of power by parties and politicians
  • corruption in government agencies such as the police and judiciary
  • business and commercial corruption
  • small-scale, almost trivial, petty misdemeanours.

You examine the nature and extent of organised crime networks involved in such activities, as well as addressing new forms of offending based on a globalised market and recent developments in information technology.

This analysis then provides a foundation for the second half of the module, in which you examine what legal reforms, governmental and policing strategies might contribute to the reduction of such corrupt practices.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 260 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.